Twelve ordinary girls with the hopes of being crowned American Princess arrive in New York City to begin princess training. Not only do they learn how to walk, talk, sit, and act like a proper lady, but their leadership and etiquette skills are put to the test. Who will get to continue training in the new location: London!?
Nine girls settle into their $80 million mansion in London, England. The girls learn how to speak like a lady when they deliver their own speeches at Oxford University and look like a lady when they attend The Derby for first-hand introduction to England's high class society.
Eight girls remain and this week they receive military training and tackle an obstacle course. For some of the girls, that isn't the only obstacle they will face! The girls then learn grace and poise and attend a ballet performance at The Royal Opera House to debut their dance moves.
A good princess must be a role model for others… This week the seven remaining learn how to be a mentor and must organize a garden party for a group of young children. Then the wannabe princesses become beauty queens as they undergo dramatic hair makeovers.
The would-be princesses begin with "Dating Do's and Don'ts" from our experts, Jean Broke-Smith and Paul Burrell, before they pair off to meet three handsome, eligible bachelors - Ben, Theo and The Lord of Muff. The beaus show them some of England's famous sights including St Paul's Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and Brighton's Royal Pavilion.
Five girls are left in the competition to be the next American Princess. Their first lesson is mastering the art of afternoon tea. They learn how to make delicate sandwiches and delicious cakes from the top chef at London's exclusive Berkley Hotel. And the girls discover how to make a proper cup of tea from one of the show's experts, Paul Burrell. And he should know...when butler to Princess Diana he would regularly serve her tea.
The coronation ball is just two weeks away, and each of the four girls in the running thinks they have what it takes to win. The girls are asked to imagine themselves as the American Princess for their first challenge - painting self portraits. They pick up tips from famous artist Jeff Stultiens who has painted The Queen.
Three girls have made it to the final week. Only one of them will be crowned the American Princess with a glittering tiara and get to dance with a real prince at a ball thrown in her honor. Also at stake is a $50,000 cash prize, a $5,000 diamond necklace from Kwiat and a real British title of Lady of the Manor of Netherhall.
The girls begin their whirlwind week with a waltzing lesson with the beaus from one of the world's top ballroom dancers, Anton du Beke. Then they go for a dress fitting with one of Princess Diana's favorite designers, Jacques Azagury.
Each girl goes on a date with a beau and is presented with a personalized gift. They also read a letter from the prince in which he says how much he looking forward to dancing with them at the ball.
On the eve of the ball, each girl makes a final plea to the judges explaining why she should be crowned the American Princess. The experts face their toughest decision yet...but only one girl's dream can come true the next day.